The former Democratic lawmaker — who previously caused controversy by sexting adult women under aliases including “Carlos Danger” — admitted to sending graphic images of himself to a 15-year-old girl. According to Bloomberg, as part of his plea agreement, he will surrender his iPhone and register as a sex offender.
Bloomberg reported that in court Monday, Weiner called the crime his personal “rock bottom.”
“I was a very sick man for a long period of time, but I am responsible for the damage I have done,” he said. “I have no excuse.”
In a recent letter to the court, Weiner, 53, asked for leniency in his sentence, writing, “My regret for my crime is profound.”
Weiner has until Nov. 6 to surrender to his designated facility. His lawyer has requested a low-security prison near New York or Schuylkill Federal Correctional Facility in Pennsylvania.
Weiner’s latest sexting scandal impacted the 2016 presidential election. Former FBI Director James Comey re-opened an investigation into former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server as secretary of state, citing emails the FBI discovered on Weiner’s laptop amid a sexting probe. Weiner’s estranged wife, Huma Abedin, was a top aide to Clinton.
Weiner’s previous sexting scandals resulted in his resignation from Congress and derailed a New York City mayoral bid.